A pilot training intervention for counselling professionals was designed to introduce theoretical and practical ways of incorporating Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences (MI) into counselling practice with adult clients. Eight experienced counsellors were introduced to MI theory and an intelligence preference survey, as well as practical activities designed to use each intelligence. Qualitative data were gathered from the counsellors 3 months post training, to gauge their perspectives on the programme and its impact. Participants responded positively to the training, and indicated enhancement of their professional work. The MI preference survey was considered particularly helpful in informing treatment choices. Activities that primarily used the visual-spatial and musical-rhythmic intelligences were found to be most useful.
Asia Pacific Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy / Vol. 7, No. 1-2, pp.50-68